We still can’t believe there’s a standalone Venom movie, but here’s the trailer to prove it. Tom Hardy stars as the character who began life in the pages of Spider-Man. This new film recasts Venom as a “lethal protector,” and has him operating outside the ongoing Spider-Man saga. Watch the Venom trailer below.

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Spider-Man Appearing in Venom

UPDATE: The source for this rumor has clarified what he meant by this news, but it doesn’t make it any less perplexing. Get the full update at the end of the story.

Fans couldn’t have been more pleased when Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios announced they would join forces to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony’s ownership of the Spider-Man rights kept the hero from meeting the Avengers for years, but an agreement to share the rights in order to benefit both Sony and Marvel brought the wallcrawler home to kick off his own new franchise and be a key part in the future of the MCU. But what about the rest of the Spider-Man universe?

Though Sony is sharing Spider-Man with Marvel Studios, it doesn’t appear that they’re sharing any other characters from Spidey’s big gallery of supporting characters. The studio is shooting their own Venom movie right now (not to mention developing spin-offs like Silver and Black and Morbius the Living Vampire), and while we’ve heard that these movies are meant to be separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and won’t involve Tom Holland as Spider-Man, a new source says otherwise. Read More »

venom first look

Our first look at Venom has arrived online. Any by Venom, I mean the Venom movie. Italics. Because this first look doesn’t feature Venom at all. It’s all about the guy under that icky black suit, Eddie Brock, played by Tom Hardy in director Ruben Fleischer‘s upcoming film. Check it out below.

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Woody Harrelson Venom

That Venom movie that we’re still having a hard time accepting as real has already racked up a really impressive cast. And now it’s close to adding another high profile name: Woody Harrelson is in talks to co-star. Rumor has it Harrelson will play some sort of henchman in the sort-of Spider-Man spin-off. Details about this latest addition to the Venom cast are below.

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Tom Hardy BBC

Are we in the middle of a Charles Dickens renaissance? (A Dickenssance?) The Man Who Invented Christmas – a movie about the creation of Dickens’ classic novel A Christmas Carol – is in theaters now, a David Copperfield movie adaptation is in the works, and now a new batch of Dickens adaptations is coming to the small screen courtesy of actor/producer Tom Hardy and his frequent collaborator Steven Knight, the writer/director of the Hardy vehicle Locke and creator of shows like Peaky Blinders.

Are you ready for a new version of A Christmas Carol?
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tom hardy venom

Tom Hardy has faced the hurdles of acting with masks covering his face and his eyes for many of his most famous roles — so motion-capture technology should be a piece of cake.

It’s not much of a surprise that Hardy will be portraying the alien symbiote in Venom in a mo-cap suit, considering the character’s shape-shifting abilities. It is a bit of a surprise that we would get confirmation of this through Andy Serkis‘ mouth, however.

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Venom set photo

Sony has released the first set photo for Venom, the Spidey-less Spider-Man spin-off film that will reportedly kick off a whole new cinematic universe.

But star Tom Hardy is all smiles in the simple set photo, which marks the start of production for the Sony superhero film.

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Venom movie

On paper, a Venom movie that doesn’t feature Spider-Man and doesn’t have any oversight from the people at Marvel Studios seems like an awful idea, something brazenly devised by the folks at Sony to draft off the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the excellent casting – which so far includes Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, and Veep star Reid Scott – has made me raise an eyebrow and be more willing to give this film the benefit of the doubt.

Now we’re starting to hear some rumors about the film’s plot: mainly that it may be an adaptation of Venom: Lethal Protector, a six-issue limited comic series that first turned Venom from a villain into an anti-hero.
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Reid Scott venom

The unexpected Venom casting keeps on keeping on with yet another surprise name thrown into the mix: Veep‘s Reid Scott. Scott joins an already impressive and still growing cast centered around Tom Hardy playing one of Spider-Man’s main antagonists.

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Venom Michelle Williams

In an intriguing bit of casting, Michelle Williams is in talks to play the female lead in Venom, which stars Tom Hardy as the Spider-Man supervillain-turned-antihero.

That would pit an Oscar-nominated actress against an Oscar-nominated actor in a superhero movie intended to launch a Sony-centric Marvel universe without their mainstay hero, Spider-Man, showing up at all. This could be more of an interesting hot mess than it initially appeared.

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